Cheap rivets doomed Titanic, metallurgists say

(GAITHERSBURG, Md.) — Poor-quality rivets were a major reason so many people died in the sinking of Titanic, the New York Times reported. Documents from the vessel’s Northern Ireland shipyard indicate that the company knew about problems with the rivets, but couldn’t find a large-enough supply of better-quality rivets. U.S.-based metallurgists have published a new book on the disaster, which claimed more than 1,500 lives.
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By Professional Mariner Staff